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Miami is the third team from the ACC Coastal division to be in trouble with the NCAA in a little...

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Miami is the third team from the ACC Coastal division to be in trouble with the NCAA in a little over a year.

If you'd asked me to tell you whether Georgia Tech, Miami, and North Carolina were in the same division, I'd have had no idea. I'm not sure whether it's impressive or disturbing that someone knows this, though, in the author's defense, he is a fan of an ACC team. Go 'Dawgs!

I'd prefer having an easier conference schedule and an easier road to an undefeated season than to...

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I'd prefer having an easier conference schedule and an easier road to an undefeated season than to play in the SEC where going undefeated in your own conference is much harder. Once Oklahoma is off our schedule, compare our road to a championship to any SEC school.

A refreshing bit of honesty from ACC country. Go 'Dawgs!

[Georgia Tech's] longest win streak against the [D]ogs was 10 games stretching from 1958-1961. As a...

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[Georgia Tech's] longest win streak against the [D]ogs was 10 games stretching from 1958-1961. As a member of the SEC from 1932-1964, Tech dominated the [D]ogs with a 57-31 overall record. Since joining the ACC, Tech has actually posted a 15-20 record against the [D]ogs. The ACC era included a particularly brutal stretch where the [D]ogs defeated Tech 7 times in a row (Dominique Wilkins' college tenure was right in the middle of this run). Paul Hewitt has yet to amass a winning streak against Georgi[a]. The last time Tech posted a winning streak against the [D]ogs was 1992-1994.

As usual, I had to correct their spelling and capitalization, but these are some interesting statistics on the hoops rivalry between Georgia and Georgia Tech. Go 'Dawgs!

Everyone comes out more or less ahead... Texas gets the big television payday it wanted and the...

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Everyone comes out more or less ahead... Texas gets the big television payday it wanted and the shot at a profitable network it doesn't have to share with anyone. Nebraska and Colorado both move into conferences they consider better academic and cultural fits. Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and, yes, Baylor hold on to their spots in a big-money conference and aren't forced to seek refuge in the Mountain West, Conference USA or Big East. The Big Ten and Pac-10 (assuming it makes a play for Utah out of the Mountain West) both pick up a 12th member that facilitates a conference championship game. Assuming the Big Ten is content at an even dozen – Missouri is presumably locked into the Big 12 for the foreseeable future, and Notre Dame remains by all appearances firmly committed to independence – the once doomed Big East will remain intact without losing a single member. Even if it loses Utah, the Mountain West picks up the slack with the addition of Boise State, a net boost (albeit a small one) in the MWC's bid for an automatic BCS bid in 2012. The Pac-10 ultimately whiffed on the blockbuster score it was hoping for, but it did expand in exactly the (relatively modest) fashion everyone expected when it first announced its plan to add teams. No one is in worse position as the smoke begins to clear than they were when the fires started burning. Dr. Saturday puts it all in perspective. Go 'Dawgs!

There are two big questions (assuming the SEC follows suit after the conference expansion begins)...

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There are two big questions (assuming the SEC follows suit after the conference expansion begins) for this board: A) Will Clemson get an invite to join the SEC? B) Will Clemson accept an invitation should it be given? I for one want to see Clemson in the SEC, and would openly applaud membership to this group. Had the ACC and Swoffy not sacked up a few weeks ago in contract negotiations, this one would be a slam dunk. As it sits now, we must get Jimmy Barker and crew on board with this concept. My current opinion of Barker aside, IF he allows Clemson to miss the opportunity to play Georgia on a yearly basis he will have officially lost ALL of my support. . . .

Assuming the SEC adds Texas A&M to the west, will Clemson be brought in from the east? I certainly hope so in my heart, but North Carolina or Virginia Tech would add more markets, and there's no reason to think this would be the one aspect of this whole process in which tradition trumped lucre. Go 'Dawgs!

A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas...

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A&M has been in contact with the SEC for months, despite the longstanding assumption that the Texas schools would hang together behind the wildly profitable Longhorn juggernaut. But former Aggie player/coach Gene Stallings, now an A&M regent, has taken control of the push for the SEC, where he won a national championship as Alabama's head coach in 1992. Stepping out of the back channels of Texas politics, Stallings didn't hesitate to distance A&M from the Longhorns on Alabama radio: "I think A&M is now big enough to stand on its own. We don’t need to piggyback on Texas." Truly spoken like a man with only a few months left in his term. If A&M opts out of the Pac-10 exodus, their crucial position as the 16th team could fall to Kansas or Utah; given the political ramifications and the cold shoulder in scheduling by everyone A&M has ever considered any kind of rival, the odds remain on the Aggies' following the original route to the West Coast – especially if the SEC invite is tied to their ability to deliver Texas, as well, which appears to be a complete nonstarter.

Dr. Saturday makes his case for why the Aggies will go with the flow and follow the Longhorns into the Pac-10. Matt Hinton may well be right, but, the longer this goes on, the better I like the SEC's chances. Even if you take seriously Texas's alleged threat never to schedule the Aggies again in any sport unless they remain conference mates (which I'm not at all sure I do), and even if you assume Lone Star State politicos with a long history of involving themselves in athletics decisions wouldn't compel Texas and Texas A&M to continue their rivalry on the field (which I'm quite sure I don't), the Aggies have longstanding rivals in the SEC (Arkansas and LSU) . . . and it isn't as though programs haven't sacrificed rivalries on the altar of conference expansion before. Pitt's entry into the Big East and Penn State's entry into the Big Ten all but killed that once-yearly rivalry. The expansion of the ACC and the SEC in 1992 made Georgia's battles with Clemson much more infrequent affairs. Earlier today, Nebraska essentially tossed the last handful of dirt onto the grave in which the Cornhuskers' rivalry with Oklahoma is interred. I'm not at all sure I believe the Aggies' entry into the SEC would sound the death knell of their rivalry with the Longhorns, but, quite frankly, more storied rivalries than that one have ended when leagues grew. It might be sad, but, to Texas, this is (to quote a line from the end of "The Godfather") just business. The 'Horns clearly want to call the shots, not just for themselves, but for everyone even remotely in their orbit. Let 'em do it. Maybe it's high time Texas A&M left Texas like Michael Corleone at the end of "The Godfather, Part II," on top of the world and increasingly cut off from everyone who got him there. Gene Stallings sold his alma mater short. The Aggies can't just stand, they can walk. I'm increasingly convinced that their movement will be east, not west. Cue the Jessica Simpson remake of the Nancy Sinatra classic. Go 'Dawgs!

Would Georgia lawmakers step in and fight for Georgia Tech’s athletic future?

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Would Georgia lawmakers step in and fight for Georgia Tech’s athletic future?

Um, like, no, or something. Go 'Dawgs!

If Atlanta is dumb enough to be a part of building an open air stadium without a retractable roof,...

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If Atlanta is dumb enough to be a part of building an open air stadium without a retractable roof, then the champagne corks will start popping in Birmingham. Because you can bet that they’ll figure out a way to build a ball park to get the SEC championship football game to come back (the first two games were played in Birmingham in 1992 and 1993). And you can bet that New Orleans would be putting together a bid and sprucing up the Superdome. A big part of what has made the SEC championship game one of the great success stories in sport is that weather is not a factor. Weather has been a factor for the Big 12 and the ACC and the results on those championship games has been mixed at best. The SEC, in my opinion, will not play this game in an open air stadium.

I have all the respect in the world for Tony Barnhart, and he makes several good points in this article. (Hat tip: Team Speed Kills.) That said, I don't buy the argument about the weather. Except for the four seven nine years I spent being educated in Athens, I have lived in the metropolitan Atlanta area for all of my 41 years. It doesn't snow in Georgia in December, and it's not like we're in Seattle or Tampa as far as rainfall is concerned. Yes, it gets plenty cold around here, but I've been to any number of games in Sanford Stadium when it was freezing (the 1992 Georgia Tech game and the 1995 and 1997 Auburn games spring immediately to mind), and we're dedicated enough football fans to brave the cold. It's Atlanta in early December. We can tough it out. Barnhart's basic premise about how dumb it would be to dynamite the Dome may well be right, but weather is a factor in football---remember all those rainy Georgia-Florida and Texas-Texas A&M games, or, better yet, all those Nebraska-Oklahoma games played in the sleet and snow?---and the failure of the ACC championship game has nothing whatsoever to do with climatic conditions in the Sunshine State. It's football. It's played in the cold and rain. Cope; it ain't major league baseball, for crying out loud. Go 'Dawgs!

Clemson is already nicknamed "Auburn with a lake," and it has plenty of historical ties to various...

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Clemson is already nicknamed "Auburn with a lake," and it has plenty of historical ties to various SEC schools. It's a seamless fit culturally as a football first school, it brings South Carolina's primary rival in house, and it allows a renewal of the dormant Georgia-Clemson series.

Great minds think alike.

Hypothetical Expansion Dominoes has focused exclusively so far on the Big Ten, Pac-10 and their...

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Hypothetical Expansion Dominoes has focused exclusively so far on the Big Ten, Pac-10 and their possible targets for poaching in the Big 12, but some scenarios are taking the game a step or two further: The Greenville News' Bart Wright, for example, looks down the road and sees a chance for Clemson to join the SEC if Arkansas -- for some inexplicable reason -- decided to rejoin some of its old Southwest Conference rivals if/when a spot opens up in the Big 12, fulfilling the Tigers' longstanding urge to be among their cultural brethren in the South. Gamecock fans, of course, project certain doom. I project the SEC will remain intact, because no one walks on that kind of dough.

Dr. Saturday provides a level-headed assessment, which is just what I didn't want to hear!
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